Is memory a natural kind?

Memory Studies 4 (2):170-189 (2011)
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Kourken Michaelian
University of Otago
Abstract
Though researchers often refer to memory as if it were a unitary phenomenon, a natural kind, the apparent heterogeneity of the various "kinds" of memory casts doubt on this default view. This paper argues, first, that kinds of memory are individuated by memory systems. It argues, second, for a view of the nature of kinds of memory informed by the tri-level hypothesis. If this approach to kinds of memory is right, then memory is not in fact a natural kind
Keywords memory  theories of memory  natural kinds  philosophy of psychology
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